Drive safe in Spring Break

A STATE-wide traffic operation called Spring Break is targeting road users these holidays, Gympie District Traffic Branch Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Peter Webster said.

Gympie officers rolled out the operation on Wednesday and will be targeting the fatal four until October 4.

“We are targeting the travelling public with significance on life endangering offences like the fatal four – drink driving, exceed speed, seat belts and child restraints and fatigue,” he said.

Sgt Webster said he had noticed traffic was very heavy yesterday and Thursday, meaning some motorists had decided to get away early.

“We ask people to exercise restraint and caution and make sure they get to their destination safely.”

Police are also emphasising highway safety as a concern.

“On the highway people should increase the safety zone around their vehicles and not follow the vehicle in front too closely. Practice driving towards the edge line, not the centre to increase the safety margin between vehicles travelling in the other direction.”

Sgt Webster also asked people travelling long distances to use driver reviver stops, change drivers and break the drive up to reduce the likelihood of fatigue.

“We want to make sure you get through the holiday period in one piece.

“Hopefully we will have a fatality free holiday period and an injury and crash free one.”

Queensland motorists are also urged to watch out for children and ensure passengers are safely restrained when in the family car.

During the 2009 Operation Spring Break campaign, 12 people died on Queensland roads and over the past five years, 74 people have been killed in crashes in the September October holiday period.

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